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Event date: 10/12/2018 19:30 - 23:00 Export event
Categories: Live Music


10/12/2018 19:30
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The chart topping band have had 3 #1 albums (Stars Aligned, New Day Rising, Love Remains the Same) and another 2 Top 5 albums (Nine Lives, Approach) in their homeland. This has led to them scooping an Emma Award (The Finnish Grammy) and a Progressive Music ‘Anthem of the Year’ Award as well as nominations and plaudits along the way due to their ability to blend complex arrangements, expansive musical landscapes and surging tension all entwined with gloriously uplifting melodies. 

It is this sonic explorations that has seen them blaze a trail across Europe since 2000, leading them to play with artists from Foo Fighters, 30 Seconds to Mars, Neil Young, Biffy Clyro, The Wildhearts and ZZ Top to Anathema and Opeth.

War Is Over follows on from 2015’s accalimed New Day Rising and saw the band take a new approach to their songwriting technique. Brothers Mikko, Kie and Jonne von Hertzen took time to write seperately. “We have a summer cottage outside Helsinki” explains Kie. “All three of us would take turns to withdraw and head up there to write music. It’s a beautiful place in the inner Archipelago of the Eastern Sea. It’s where we used to spend our childhood summers so has a deep and personal connection. The main part of compsoing happens there in total peace and quiet.”

While seeking to build on the bands long standing domestic success the band have looked to assemble a new team around them globally to help them replicate this internationally with the recent appointments of both new management & booking agents while also most recently signing a new worldwide deal with Mascot Label Group, home to Joe Bonamassa, Black Stone Cherry, Black Country Communion, Monster Truck, Ayreon & Beth Hart to name but a few.

Following New Day Rising the trio wanted to invert themselves, strip everything back and except for drums, play all of the instruments and produce the record themselves. “We wanted to find the inspiration and energy in our doing, we had a discussion between us about if we still have it in us, are we still up for this?” Kie ponders. “We wanted to break everything we’ve built into pieces and start again, do we still have the passion and music within us? We discussed having an open-ended period of a break and then started to dig deep in writing new music and then songs started to sprout” he reveals. “We’re on a VHB missions, we’re not going to bend and break.We then started to come up with some new sounding VHB songs.”

Mikko wrote most of his lyrics whilst on a one month break in India during January 2017, this followins his long association with the country. He spent 7 years living in an Ashram with the spirutual guru and leader Amma, also known as ‘The Hugging Saint’  as well as studying music there – One of the songs on the album To The End of the World brings in these influences and uses Indian music scales. 

The album was produced by all three brothers between Helsinki and Porvoo, each ones produced their ‘own’ songs; Mikko on To The End of the World, The Arsonist, Frozen Butterflies and Beyond Horizon. Jonne for Blindsight and Kie on War Is Over, Who Are You?, Long Lost Sailor, Wanderlust and Jerusalem – which also features Janne ‘Burton’ Puurtinrn of Finnish rockser s HIM on keys.

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